Carrying Crosses, A Lenten Prayer

By: Joyce Rupp

Holy One who journeys with me on the road of life with its hills and valleys,

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May I recognize the cross that is mine and carry it in a trustful way, confident that the undesired parts of my life can be guides to my growth.

Teach me how to be with my personality traits that I consider unworthy or unacceptable. Inspire me to release my tight grip when I wrestle with the resistant part of myself, the one that

insists on having everything in life turn out the way I desire or demand.

Increase my awareness of the false judgments, the unfair expectations that quickly arise to crowd out kindness and compassion for self and others.

Lessen unrestrained fears and tedious worries that keep me imprisoned in turmoil and confusion, thus diminishing my spirit’s strength and ability to reach beyond myself.

Soften any hardness of heart that I have toward another. Increase my ability to be understanding. Help me topple walls that prevent my being a forgiving person.

Expand my perception of the good things my life already holds. Decrease apprehension about not having enough, being enough, doing enough, or growing enough.

Awaken the undying song of hope in my soul as I carry my unwanted cross each day, so that even in the worst of times I continue to trust you to provide what is needed.

Confident of your grace and daily empowerment, I give myself to you as fully as I am able at this time. As I carry the crosses that are mine, remind me often that you are always with me, and never against me. I place my desire for union with you into your loving care. Amen.

    From:  Prayer Seeds A Gathering of Blessings, Reflections, and Poems for Spiritual Growth, Sorin Books. Pg. 90 Published with permission to J. Wall from Joyce Rupp.